Saturday, October 16, 2010

My visit to Jakarata

Here is a group photo of AYC.

I had a great opportunity to visit Jakarta last week (from 4th October to 9th October, 2010). I was invited to participate first in the Asia Youth Conference organized by Atlas Economic Research Foundation based in USA and then had chance to participate in The Economic Freedom Network Asia 2010 Annual Conference organized by The Economic Freedom Network Asia along with host many like minded institutions from Indonesia.

There were people from ten Asian countries in the Asia Youth Conference. It was amazing one, in terms of contends, the place they have organized, the speakers, etc. Particularly the opening session by Dr. Tom was great one. It was full of enthusiasms, fun but was informative. Moreover, his talk was more of realistic then the usual type of mainstream economists talk. His examples are like pullets with pin point.

There were also speakers from the following institutions:

  1. The Atlas Economic Research Foundation, US
  2. Cato Institute, US
  3. Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation, Nepal
  4. Central Asian Free Market Institute, Kyrgyzstan
  5. Centre For Civil Society, India
  6. Liberal Youth Fourm, India
  7. The Transition Institute, China

There were also few documentaries on livelihood freedom issues in Asia.

The EFN Asia Conference was equally important and I have enjoyed a lot. Since this year theme was Migration and the Wealth of Nations. You can see the programme scheduled here. During this conference i had great opportunity to meet the author of The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey i.e. Ken Schoolland. I really had good time to talk to him.

The other highlight of the conference was the World Economic Freedom Index. Here is an article in which Bibek has written about the status of India's Economic Freedom. Bibek was also speaker in the conference on the issue of migration. His talk was no less than as I expected. He briefed nicely his own and his family migration in a four turning points.

In sum, the trip was awesome!!

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